New Year Rhine Cruise (Dusseldorf - Strasbourg - Dusseldorf)

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It is an unforgettable experience to cruise along the Rhine River during the New Year period and visit festive European cities and a great number of Christmas markets throughout Germany and France!

Typically, the markets are set up about three weeks prior to Christmas in one or more locations around town, and we catch most of them during this cruise.

Beautifully decorated cities, towns and villages, skate rinks on the main squares, mulled wine and extremely hot sausages served with potato salad, - it is all about New Year time on the Rhine.

This period is perfect for shopping as well. Once the shopping’s complete you can sit back, relax and absorb the beautiful winter sceneries of picturesque snow-capped castles and frosted mountain peaks from the warmth of the ship.

languages on board
Deutsch, English, Espagnol, Français, Italiano
Program8 days 7 nights

Day 1

/ December 27
Dusseldorf

The arrival day, check-in starts at 16:00. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage at the reception and explore the city on your own before the check-in

Meals: welcome buffet and dinner

*The transfer Dusseldorf airport - port can be provided for extra cost

Day 2

/ December 28
Koblenz

Enjoy the calm morning onboard taking your breakfast and viewing the passing scenery either from your cabin or from the lounge.

After lunch we arrive in Koblenz. Situated at the point where the Rhine and Mosell Rivers meet, this city has a history dating back 2 thousand years starting from when it was a Roman settlement.

The Christmas market, located in the old quarter, had more than 100 wooden huts and spead from the Church of Our Lady to various other squares. Dusk is one of the best times to visit these markets. The sky turns blue and all the lights come on in the booths illuminating merchants and customers in a warm glow.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Arrival14:00

Departure20:00

Day 3

/ December 29
Mannheim

You will certainly be impressed by the well-planned city of Mannheim situated on two important rivers – the Rhine and the Neckar.

One of the possibilities on this day is to visit Heidelberg, a historic university town that has survived since the 18th century. The ruins of a castle – the biggest ruin in Europe – have inspired generations of people, most famously the Romantics at the start of the 19th century.

Come and get inspired too!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided walking city-tour of Heidelberg (with transfer from Mannheim) is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival12:00

Departure19:00

Day 4

/ December 30
Strasbourg

We leave Germany to arrive in France for a full-day stop and to dive into colorful Alsace region and visit "le Capital de Noel", Strasbourg!

The whole day is yours: take your camera, a city-map and go directly to the district in the very heart of the city called La Petite France – to admire traditional “gingerbread” houses and beautiful narrow canals.

Walking along the typical Alsace streets you will find yourself by the impressive Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. The city’s main landmark, the cathedral is constructed of dark pink sandstone, and built in the classic Gothic style.

Don't miss a canal cruise to see the city from a different angle!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided bus & walking city-tour of Strasbourg is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival09:00

Departure23:59

Day 5

/ December 31
Speyer & Mainz

Enjoy the New Year Eve morning in Speyer where Christmas and New Year market is held in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom).

In the evening we arrive in Mainz to spend there the New Year night. Mainz is really famous for its fireworks all around the city during this special night, so that everyone can become a part of it or enjoy the performance from the Sun deck.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, Gala dinner

Day 6

/ January 1, 2020
Mainz & Rudesheim & Bonn

Early in the morning the ship leaves for Rudesheim to be there at 09AM. Do not miss your chancer to visit Rűdesheim, famous by its vineyards, delicious Rűdesheimer coffee and the Museum of mechanical musical instruments.

The next port of call will be Linz am Rein located on the both banks of the picturesque Rhine River.

Between the stops you will enjoy the most important and certainly the most beautiful part of our itinerary – the Romantic Valley. Villages, towns, castles, vineyards and the fabulous Loreley with its legend – be sure to prepare your camera for the highlights of the cruise!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

/ January 2, 2020
Bonn & Cologne

After a peaceful morning in Linz am Rein, we depart for the city of Cologne full of different Christmas markets spread over the city.

Staying there from early morning till midnight you have a chance to feel the unique vibes of one of the most charming cities on the Rhine. After a delicious breakfast you will enjoy the city center: breathtaking Cathedral that survived both World Wars and cozy narrow streets with cafés and restaurants offering the famous “kölsch” beer.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided walking city-tour of Cologne is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival14:00

Departure23:00

Day 8

/ January 3, 2020
Dusseldorf

Early arrival in Dusseldorf, check-out after breakfast

Meals: breakfast

*The transfer port - airport can be provided for extra cost

Kindly note that this is a preliminary program
The list and sequence of the proposed activities may slightly differ from one cruise to another.
Choose cabin

Your ship is MS Crucebelle 4*

standard - main deck

▪︎ twin beds

Comfortable 11 sq. m cabin with a clever layout. One bed transforms into sofa during the day, another one is folding. Features a fixed river-view window that does not open.

Equipment: private facilities, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, internal phone

Outlet: 2 regular outlets, 1 at 115V (American)

€ 1085 per person
single occupation: +50%
Services

Our price includes:

• accommodation in the cabin

• live music at the bar every night

• full board, three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day):

*breakfast is buffet-style with great choice of hotels and cold dishes, fruits and vegetables. Healthy corner with alternative milk and different types of granola and cereals are at your disposal;

*lunch and dinner are à la carte with 3 main courses to choose (fish, meat or vegetarian);

• early-riser breakfast every morning with small snacks and homemade cookies

• afternoon high-tea: tea, coffee and cake or late night snack

• welcome buffet

• table tap water during meal services

• tea/coffee for all meals

• coffee-station available from 06:00 till 22:00

• welcome and farewell captain’s cocktails (including 1 drink per person)

• welcome and farewell captain’s dinner with special menu

• luggage service pier – ship – pier

• refreshments and hand towels after excursions

• info-channel

Our prices doesn't include:

• transfers (on request and for extra payment) to and from the port of embarkation / disembarkation

• medical insurances

• port tax (35 eur per person per cruise, will be added in the final invoice)

• excursions

• any bottled water

• soft and alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner

• wi-fi

• gratuities (recommended 7eur per person per day)

• personal spendings

• minibar

• cabin numbers are provided 7 days before the cruise or at 50 eur supplement per cabin when booking

Add optional extras to your trip:

Excursion package that based on 3 tours:

*Walking city-tour of Cologne, 2h

*Walking city-tour of Heidelberg (with transfer from Mannheim), 3h

*Bus&walking city-tour of Strasbourg, 4h

Price per person is 150 eur

Drink packages:

1) All-inclusive bar/lounge and restaurant during bar opening hours (09:30 – 24:00): open wine, sparkling wine, draft beer, soft drinks, juices, coffee/tea.

NOTE: the cappuccino, espresso etc. from the bar is excluded

*this package can only be booked for both guests in one cabin

Price per person is 126 eur

2) Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water (still/sparkling) during lunch and dinner service

*this can only be booked for both guests in one cabin

Price per person is 80 eur

Kindly, note:

> any of 3 packages can only be booked for both guests in one cabin

> prices are valid ON PRESALE ONLY and available up to 2 weeks before each cruise

> packages are available for purchase onboard, the prices will be higher

Transfers:

Dusseldorf airport - port - car for 2 persons - 80 eur per 1 car per 1 way